MOSES LAKE – Farm equipment, fire trucks, a smoke-spitting Viking ship and a funny campervan – all adorned with lights – rolled down Third Avenue West on Friday evening as the 26th Annual Farm Parade returned to Moses Lake.
The parade and the Street Party, both sponsored by the Downtown Moses Lake Association, returned after being canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. The event recognizes the agricultural industry’s contribution to the economy from Grant County. James Shank, AMD board member, announcer for the parade, said AMD is also hoping it will bring some revitalization to the downtown area.
“It looks pretty vitalized right now,” Shank told the crowd swirling around the intersection of West Third Avenue and South Ash Street.
Before the parade, Tanner Pugh added lights to a Grant County PUD truck and said his presence at the parade brought back memories of when he was a child.
“My dad and my grandfather did the parade every year,” Pugh said.
It has always been part of the FFA entrance to Moses Lake High School, he said.
“Good childhood memories,” he said.
Some downtown stores along the parade route were open and AMD had a table where children could write letters to Santa Claus. Ideally, there was a letterbox for the children to post the letters. The Central Washington Chapter of Bikers for Christ handed out hot dogs for them in front of Miller’s Fine Jewelers, an optional donation, and volunteers from the JR Simplot Company handed out fries and tater tots.
“We come here every year. Same place, ”said the Bikers for Christ member known as Monkey.
Monkey was making the hot dogs and said club members expected a bigger crowd than in 2019, which seemed to be tolerated.
The club were accepting donations, but it wasn’t about that, Monkey said.
“It’s about blessing the community,” he said.
The parade centered on the lights, which covered every vehicle, from large field applicators to trucks pulling floats to the camper van decorated like the one in “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” the latter being the Herald’s. Even many horses wore crowns with lights. The Sons of Norway Viking ship was surrounded by lights, shining through the smoke. The parade drew dance groups and a live musical trio.